It was one of the biggest transfer stories at Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, as Spurs tried desperately to bring Argentine forward Paulo Dybala to the club from Juventus.
As reported by The Independent, the move went down to the wire. A €70 million (£65m) transfer fee had been agreed but Tottenham could not get past a problem regarding the Argentine’s image rights being owned by a third-party. It was set to cost a monumental fee to purchase them and, ultimately it cost Dybala a move he reportedly wanted.
It was a bitter blow to Tottenham and especially manager Mauricio Pochettino, who was a big fan of his countryman.
Now it appears that this might have been Tottenham’s only chance to sign the talented frontman.
As reported by Bleacher Report any potential return for Dybala this summer is likely to be a ‘non-starter’.
This is despite a recent report from Tuttosport (as relayed by Sport Witness), suggesting that Dybala could be used in some sort of bid to lure Harry Kane away from North London.
Tottenham would no longer be able to afford Dybala and the absence of his Argentine compatriot Pochettino clearly harms their chances.
On top of that, Tottenham no longer have the unique selling point of being Champions League finalists in their favour. Spurs are now battling to even be playing in the premier European competition next term.
So Dybala is an option Tottenham had last summer and, for the time being, that appears to be the end of their opportunity regarding the attacker.